Senate , Makinde, Akunyili , others mourn Ikemba

It was torrent of tributes yesterday for the late Biafran leader Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu as the Senate called on the Federal Government to immortalise him.

For the Primate of Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde, Odumegwu-Ojukwu was a man of valour and substance who stood for what he believed in.

Former Information Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili described the late Igbo leader as a big brother, mentor and an inspirator

Meanwhile, the Anambra State secretariat, House of Assembly Complex and the Government House, all in Awka, the state capital have continued to witness huge crowd of mourners who throng there to sign the condolence registers provided by the state government.

Leading the debate  on the motion, the chief sponsor, Senator Andy Uba (Anambra South) recalled that the deceased lived a life worthy of emulation. Uba said the late Ojukwu “was a source of pride for those who had the opportunity to experience him, stood tall against elements of injustice, segregation and oppression’’.

Senate President, David Mark, remarked that devoting a whole day to deliberate on the life and times of Ojukwu in the Senate  was befitting and an indication that the Senate believed that he was a great Nigerian.

“The fact that we devoted the whole of today’s Session to give this man an honour well deserved is a clear indication that we believe that he was a great Nigerian. I must say with every sense of respect that by the time he joined the Army, it was only the patriots and nationalists that joined the Army”, he said.

Senator Uche Chukwumerije, (Abia North) and other senators eulogised the Biafran leader.

When The Guardian visited the state secretariat yesterday,  the queue was long, but people there were orderly.  .

One of the mourners who gave his name as Isaac, said Ojukwu’s death  was the most  singular devastating news in recent times, especially for the Igbo.

He added that while men should not question God, that if his opinion was sought that he would have respectfully suggested to God to grant people like Odumegwu-Ojukwu the gift of immortality.

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By John Abba-Ogbodo and Bridget Chiedu Onochie, (Abuja), Chris Irekamba (Lagos) and Uzoma Nzeagwu (Awka) 

Source: The Guardian

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